Bears GM Jerry Angelo Comments on New Role

In an interview with ChicagoBears.com, Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo discussed what his role will be in the front office now that the team has hired Tim Ruskell as Director of Player Personnel.

"Tim’s going to have more latitude to do things," Angelo said. "I’ll still have a role in college. Maybe I’ll have more of a role in the pro. When Tim gets here, we’ll be able to sit down, talk and create a plan to maximize our efforts and expertise in personnel."

Angelo and Ruskell worked together in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' front office from 1987 through 2001, the year Angelo accepted his current position as Bears' general manager. Ruskell replaced Angelo as the Bucs' director of player personnel.

"Having worked with Tim helps because we share a commonality in philosophy that will expedite the feeling-out process that you normally go through when you hire people in management positions," said Angelo. "We’ll be able to share ideas and create a relationship needed to lead and grow our organization.

"Tim brings a vast amount of knowledge at all levels. He started out as a scout. He became a director of college scouting and then a director of player personnel, and he helped lead [Tampa Bay] to a world championship. Then he became an assistant general manager in Atlanta and they got to the NFC Championship Game in his second year there. He moved on to Seattle to become their general manager and made some moves in his first year there that I felt were very integral for them reaching the Super Bowl. Tim’s done it at every level; that speaks volumes about who he is and what he brings to our organization."

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